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When a neighbourhood becomes a war zone

Insyriatedis a study of the value of community in an age marked by social alienation.

Insyriatedis a study of the value of community in an age marked by social alienation.

The 2017 Belgian film Insyriated will be screened today at St James Ca­valier Cinema, Valletta.

Winner of the Panorama Audience Award at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, the film follows the struggles faced by Oum Yazan (Hiam Abbas) and her family over the course of a day when they become trapped in their home after their quiet Damascus apartment block suddenly becomes a war zone.

With bombs threatening to shatter the building and looming sni­pers turning its courtyards into dan­ger zones, Oum hosts her friends and neighbours in her  home and leads them and her fa­mily to safety.

Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw, the film is a study of the value of community in an age marked by social alienation and of what happens when large-scale external conflict impinges on the privacy of the domestic.

The film will be screened at St James Cavalier Cinema in Valletta today at 8.30pm, with encore screenings on October 31 at 8.30pm and November 4 at 3pm. For tickets visit www.kreattivita.org.

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